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Lymphoma

Postby pipersmom » Wed Aug 01, 2012 5:56 pm

So during Piper's kidney infection ordeal they wanted to asperiate her lymphnodes because they seemed large. Got the results back today, it's Lymphoma. Any information would be greatly appreciated if anyone has gone through this. We go to see the oncologist tomorrow. I am just trying to process this right now. I'm in shock. I feed great food, give supplements, everything I can do to make sure my dogs have the best and longest life possible. It's just not fair.


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Postby AllisonPitbullLvr » Wed Aug 01, 2012 6:22 pm

Oh god I'm so sorry.

Big hugs to you and your beautiful girl.
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Re: Lymphoma

Postby Shoshana » Wed Aug 01, 2012 9:52 pm

Hugs and best wishes
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Re: Lymphoma

Postby patty » Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:00 pm

:hug: Your sweet Piper will be in my thoughts and prayers. I will be thinking of you both.
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Re: Lymphoma

Postby jamielvsaustin » Thu Aug 02, 2012 9:20 am

I hate that word. It really scares me.

I searched through some of my posts for lymphoma and thought I'd link them...incase there was anything helpful in them. But I can't...they make me sad to read.

I think there's a cancer forum that's been mentioned a couple times around here...maybe you could look that up and see if there's anything helpful in them.

Is surgery an option?

Big :hug: friend. I'm really sorry to hear this :teardrops:
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Re: Lymphoma

Postby Ilovethepits » Thu Aug 02, 2012 1:41 pm

I think some dogs are just prone to this and it wouldn't be anything you did that could prevent it from happening.

I don't have any personal experience with this disease but googled "treat canine lymphoma" and there are a lot of links. Most say caught early and with treatment 50% go into remission. :pray I hope you can find some helpful information.

Piper, you, her family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers.
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Re: Lymphoma

Postby Leslie H » Thu Aug 02, 2012 7:03 pm

My hopes for a recovery.
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Re: Lymphoma

Postby pipersmom » Fri Aug 03, 2012 7:08 am

We had our first round of Chemo yesterday. Oncologist says that Lymphoma responds very well to Chemo(about 80% of dogs go into remission with B cell Lymphoma) They did the test yesterday to find out if it is T-cell or B-Cell. We are praying for B cell because it is much more responsive to the chemo. The oncologist is said T-cell is the real bad stuff. The catch is the average remission is only 14 months than it comes back. When it comes back, the cancer is more resistant to the chemo drugs so the chance of going into remission is smaller and the remissions are shorter. Our current plan is treat with chemo, diet change(from high quality kibble to The honest Kitchen), supplements(fish oil, mushrooms) and try to get our girl a few more years of a great life. I am comming to terms with the fact that Piper is not going to live to be an old dog but she is not going out without a fight as long as she has good quality of live. I've been looking for a dog cancer forum and can't seem to find one.
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Re: Lymphoma

Postby pipersmom » Fri Aug 03, 2012 7:11 am

Also, thanks for the support and kind words. This feels like a nightmare. I'm trying to be strong for Piper but I have been on a rollarcoaster of emotions.
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Re: Lymphoma

Postby Ilovethepits » Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:24 am

Try sending a PM to pblove, I'm pretty sure she has followed some canine cancer forums but I cannot remember the names of them.
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Re: Lymphoma

Postby Enigma » Fri Aug 03, 2012 9:46 am

Gawd I hate cancer... I really wish you and your girl all the best :hug:

Here you have a website about canine cancer and they have a facebook group for discussions:

http://www.caninecancer.com/
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Re: Lymphoma

Postby PitFriend » Fri Aug 03, 2012 6:50 pm

My chocolate lab, Downie, was diagnosed with lymphoma when she was about 10 years old. Several rounds of chemo, diet changes, and supplements gave us an extra two years with her (almost all of it, except for the last few weeks, at a high quality of life). I am still grateful for every second of that extra time, and I hope you get many more happy days with your Piper. Best wishes. :hug:
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Re: Lymphoma

Postby Murfins » Fri Aug 03, 2012 7:38 pm

I hate cancer.

Sending Piper lots of positive thoughts and hugs to you both.
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Re: Lymphoma

Postby pipersmom » Fri Aug 03, 2012 7:44 pm

Thanks everybody. Pitfriend, what supplements and diet did you feed?

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Re: Lymphoma

Postby elegy » Fri Aug 03, 2012 10:00 pm

Sending tons of good thoughts.

I've seen several dogs go for years after diagnosis and chemo. I hope that Piper will be one of them.
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